Mezz Pro-Am Tour / Drexel Hill, PA
by Jose Burgos
Bruce Nagle double-dipped Josh Brothers at the October 3 installment of the Mezz Pro-Am Tour to become the champion. The $1,000-added event was hosted by Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill, PA, where a strong field came out to play.
Brothers led the top half of the bracket, scoring victories over Tony Long 7-5, Lou Patrikios 7-2, and Steve Shaw 7-6. He then dealt Nagle his only loss of the event 7-5 to reach the hot seat match. There his opponent was Matt Krah, who won over Michael Praseutsy 7-3, Bill Smith Jr. 7-2, and Shaun Dobson 7-4.
The hot seat match was all Brothers, who won the match easily to the tune of 7-1. Sent to the one-loss side, Krah was faced with Nagle, who had just eliminated Smith 7-3 and Tony Long 7-5. It was a close match, but Nagle edged out Krah 7-5 to reach the finals against Brothers.
In this grudge match, Nagle had to best Krah twice to take the title. The first set saw Nagle take the lead early on and cruise to an easy 7-4 victory. The second set was a repeat of the first, with Nagle again pulling away and handily winning the event 7-4.
1st Bruce Nagle $750
2nd Josh Brothers $400
3rd Matt Krah $150
4th Tony Long $100
5th Bill Smith Jr. $70